Off Book Acting:
An Attitude of Play

Free your Acting with the Power of Play!

 

Shift Your Focus

Get Out of Your Head & Play!

 

Freedom In The Frame

Use Unscripted Tools & Skills to Play More In Front of the Camera!

 

Off Book: Online Classes

Audition and Self Tape Classes Now in Session!

 

Off Book Acting:
An Attitude of Play

Free your Acting with the Power of Play!

 

Shift Your Focus

Get Out of Your Head & Play!

 

Freedom In The Frame

Use Unscripted Tools and Skills to Play More In Front of the Camera!

 

Off Book: Online Classes

Audition and Self Tape Classes Now in Session!

Listen Better

Play More

Will Doughty, founder of Off Book Acting, is on a mission to bring actors more Play from: The First Time you Pick up a Script – To your Last Take on Set.

Off Book Acting creates a bridge from The Work of preparation to The Play in performance. Unscripted Tools & Skills are added to scripted material. Resulting in an exciting and genuine performance take after take. It comes down to mastering two skills: Listen & Play. Welcome to Off Book Acting.

Listen Better

Play More

Will Doughty, founder of Off Book Acting, is on a mission to bring actors more Play from: The First Time you Pick up a Script – To your Last Take on Set.

Off Book Acting creates a bridge from The Work of preparation to The Play in performance. Unscripted Tools & Skills are added to scripted material. Resulting in an exciting and genuine performance take after take. It comes down to mastering two skills: Listen & Play. Welcome to Off Book Acting.

“Get out of your head, into your space,
and await the invisible stranger.”

– Viola Spolin

BIO

Will Doughty brings passion and vision to his work that inspires actors to play more with their creative process.

Will had lost the fun of acting after college and into his professional career.  He was Over-Thinking his auditions and working Too Hard in his performances. He was losing touch with what made him fall in love with acting in the first place: Play. When you are in a state of Play, you forget about the rest of the world and can create without thinking too much about it. Will wanted to create a class that challenges all aspects of the craft. Enter: Off Book Acting.

With 20 years experience in the entertainment industry including television credits for NBC, Showtime and Comedy Central and a dozen national commercial campaigns. He has a Theatre degree from Illinois State University and studied/performed improv in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and San Francisco. His LA training includes UCB, iOWest, and Second City. Will co-produced and co-hosted Crashbar Improv weekly for 5 years. Will Doughty has been teaching in Los Angeles for 10 years and provides 1-on-1 T.V. & Film Audition coaching, Self Tape Recording, Online Classes and Business Consulting.

OBA Students Past & Present

“Will Doughty is, quite simply, a great teacher and so much fun. He has found a way to help actors apply all the freedom and creativity in improvisation toward written material. It is the perfect marriage of text and imagination. Not only do I recommend it without hesitation, I also would happily work with him every day.”

-Kathe Mazur(Major Crimes, The Closer)

"Will Doughty’s OFF BOOK Workshop has been an inspiration both for me and my students. It combines the freedom and spontaneity of improv with detailed text work. Will is an amazing teacher - generous, wise, fun, and challenging in the best way. Every actor of all levels will get an enormous boost to their work from this class."

- James Eckhouse(Beverly Hills 90210, The Avengers, Code Black)

"Will's instruction teaches the most useful, and bookable, of all actor skill sets--Presence, Adaptability, and a sense of Play! I have found myself to be more Present, Grounded, and to Live in the world of the script! This has allowed me to stay loose and available on set... And in multiple occasions, has directly led me to being Re-Hired!! I cannot recommend him enough. "

- David Meadows(Imperium, House of Cards, Captain Phillips)

“I’ve never met a teacher that can bring out the Play in an actor like Will Doughty. He’s a Contagious Goof & Encourages All the Fun. This gives YOU the confidence to work in a way that other classes just can’t offer! He brings you off the page and into what matters: The Relationship. Then he gets you to dig deep into an Exciting and Specific Performance. Thanks to Will, I look at a Script, Get what I Need, then PLAY Wildly - can’t recommend enough!”

- Tessa RaeWriter/Actor, Casting Assistant (Masters of Sex)

"Will Doughty has brought his gifts and teaching skills with OFF BOOK to The Collaborative on quite a few occasions. He continues to be one of our most popular teachers. Our members respond so enthusiastically to his approach & his passion. For actors at any point in their career, this workshop has tremendous benefits and is sure to help their work feel more spontaneous, free and creative. We are so grateful to have him as part of our community!"

- Alexa AlemanniPresident of The Collaborative (FKA Reel Pros)

The Classes

Self Tape Weekly Workout

Thursdays 11am PST – 12:30pm PST. (1.5 hours)
Plus One (1) Hour Self Tape Submissions
Type of Class: Monthly Ongoing Online**
Cost: $140/month

About the class:
Get a “Real World Experience” shooting & uploading Weekly Self Tape Auditions:

  • Set up your Self Tape at Home Studio
  • Capture Casting’s attention in the first few seconds
  • Bring a Genuine Humanity to every aspect of the role
  • Work with other actors from class Virtually
  • Let go of the preparation and lead with an Attitude of Play

**Online and At-Home class work is required for this class. Actors must have access to The Internet, a Computer/Laptop and a Smartphone.

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Fresh Approach Weekly Workout

Tuesdays 6:30pm PST – 8:30pm PST

Type of Class: Monthly Ongoing Online

Cost $140/month

About the class:

Learn how to bring an Attitude of Play to your Acting!

  • Unscripted Exercises
  • Cold-reads
  • Prepared Scenes
  • Auditions

 Every aspect. Every Month. All Actors work in every class! 

Learn How to Shift your Focus and bring your best performance every time. Take after Take.

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I am here for you.

Get private Audition and Self Tape coaching with Will Doughty.

One on One. Online or at his In-Home Studio.

By appointment only: $100/hr

Script Analysis Intensive

Wednesdays 11am PST – 1:30 PST

Type of Class: 6 Week Limited Series: Online

Cost $275

About the Class: 

Television and Films scripts are vastly different from Theatre.  It is vital that an actor develop a strong script analysis process rock their performance.

Learn how to:

  • Use All the Parts of the Script: In your acting
  • The Writer’s Intent: Why this scene is in the script
  • Value of the Role: Why you are important to the story
  • Find the “Turning Point” in Every Scene: Create a dynamic performance
  • Embrace the Tone and Genre: Nailing the Style of the Show

Master this skill so you can Play More, (and book more work!)

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